During the Biennial Mission Summit, June 26-28, 2015, the epistle below was drafted and signed by members of the American Baptist family. The President of ABCUSA, Rev. Dr. Don Ng, read this letter before preaching the closing sermon of the event. The scope of this letter is broader than solely those who were at the Overland Park Convention Center. All members of the ABCUSA family are invited to sign this document and commit ourselves to racial justice. View the online list of signatures, here. Or, view the full list of signatures from the Biennial Mission Summit, here.
An Epistle of Metanoia
from the 2015 Mission Summit to the ABCUSA family
In light of the sin of racism that has infected each and every part of our nation we, the gathered delegates and participants of the 2015 Mission Summit of American Baptist Churches USA, the most diverse Protestant body in our nation, grieve racism’s effects on our people. Therefore, we collectively speak against and repent of our participation in the sin of racism wherever it is found. The presence of white supremacy for too long has gone unacknowledged and prevented us from living as the body of Christ.
Between now and the 2017 Mission Summit we urge each ABCUSA congregation to covenant in order to seek justice & reconciliation, hold one another accountable in this endeavor, and pursue local incarnated manifestations of the Beloved Community.
View the list of signatures, here.